NFL Week Six Power Rankings: Bengals Continue Surging Up

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the the Cincinnati Bengals sets for play against the Jacksonville Jaguars October 9, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bengals won 30 - 20. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

When you win football games, your proverbial power rankings improve. For a team that was ranked in the 30s before the first week of the NFL season, a 3-2 start (including a road win in Jacksonville and a blemish on Buffalo's undefeated record) will push those impressions up. Including Peter King, who ranked the Bengals in his top-15, others are taking notice. For example Pro Football Talk jumped the Bengals seven posts to 14th writing: "Somewhere, Carson Palmer is sitting on the floor of a room, turning a lamp on and off repeatedly." Two NFL.com experts ranked the Bengals as high as 12th.

Brian Billick, not as quick to jump on the Bengals bandwagon, writes:

After Cam Newton, Andy Dalton is the most impressive rookie quarterback. This is a team that has long forgotten the days of Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. It is now all about Dalton, A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham . . . and they are better off for it

How did the Bengals rank?

Power Rankings Placement LW
SB Nation 16th 21st
ESPN's Power Rankings 20th 21st
Pete Prisco (CBSSports.com) 18th 22nd
NFL.com 16th 21st
Pro Football Talk 14th 21st
Brian Billick (FoxSports) 20th 22nd
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